Apr 7, 2009

Basis for a Healthy Cookie Recipe

When I was growing up, and in my pre-teen (tween as they call it now) and teen years, my bedroom was upstairs. At the bottom of the stairs was our family kitchen, and when I reached the bottom of the stairs, straight ahead was the cabinet where the cookies were kept. I was never one to eat much for breakfast before I walked to school, but whenever there were cookies in the cabinet, I'd reach in and grab a few instead. I guess that wouldn't have been too bad if the cookies had been healthy, but somehow I survived :-) and have moved on to healthier things.

Here are some ideas for making cookies that you don't have to feel guilty about eating.

Avoid using prepared cookie dough in the store. It is loaded with preservatives even if the cookies are sugar free. Who needs preservatives when your home-made cookies will probably be eaten long before they pass their freshness? Only fresh ingredients should be used.

When making cookies, the basic dough is usually the same for most recipes. You need flour, eggs, and sugar. Cholesterol watchers can mix in egg substitute instead of regular eggs. Splenda is now formulated for use in baking even though it is a sugar substitute and can be used in our homemade healthy cookies. Be prepared though, the cookies may taste differently and require more or less baking time when using these substitutions so be sure to keep this in mind when using them. You can experiment with honey, I have done this, but remember, sugar gives cookies their "crunch", honey will give you a softer, but yummy cookie!

Now, it’s time for some fun. You get to add the special ingredients to the cookies. You know, the yummy ingredients that make the cookies taste oh so good. For chocolate chip cookies, instead of using regular chocolate chips, add a few of the mini chocolate chips. If you can find carob chips in your health food store, they are a healthy alternative to chocolate, similar in flavor, but slightly different. Or you might want to add raisins or other dried fruit, or nuts, be creative!

Fiber is a nutrient that helps us to stay regular. Certain fibers latch on to fats in the digestive system and flush them right out of the body. The more fiber you eat the more fat it can potentially flush out of your system. Fiber comes in many forms. Whole grains provide fiber so to add this healthy ingredient to your cookies, include some wheat germ, quinoa, oat bran, or whole oats to your cookie mixture. You can also add a bit of nutmeg or cinnamon to bring a somewhat spicy flavor to cookies.

Experiment and have fun creating your own cookie dough, then keep an eye on it when you bake it on waxed paper or a greased cookie sheet, cookies sometimes cook faster than you expect!


Updated 3/19/16

4 comments:

  1. So, "Healthy Cookie" is not an oxymoron eh? There's hope yet.. I love cookies. :)

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  2. I'm a bit of a health food nut and LOVED the idea of adding extra fiber to your cookies! I haven't baked them for years (other than the holidays) because I didn't need the extra calories. But, this way, cookies can not only be delicious... they can be healthy too. Thanks for the great suggestions!

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  3. Yes, Karlyn, you can eat cookies and they can be healthy...haha..it's all a matter of what's in the recipe.

    Eileen, I don't do a lot of baking myself, but do look at ingredients, fiber amounts should be listed on all foods.

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Claudia

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  4. You scared me. For a minute I thought you were going to ruin my love for cookies. But your ideas actually sound worth trying. We've been using Splenda to make lemonade for a while now. My daughter gets such a kick out of letting first timers take a big swallow before revealing the "secret" ingredient. I'm thinking Splenda in cookie dough can work. Thanks for the tip.

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